Written by AARON CASTREJON
COVINA - Three people were arrested Friday morning, accused of burglarizing a church near Charter Oak High School.
Two suspects caught in the act of burglarizing the church fled towards Charter Oak High School after deputies investigated a potential third burglary suspect found with stolen property, according to Lt. Mark Skaggs of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Station.
A resident near Charter Oak High School, 1430 E. Covina Blvd., called San Dimas deputies at 6:15 a.m. March 29 after discovering discarded musical instruments and a suspicious person in their driveway. When a deputy arrived, the suspicious person was gone, but he returned and was soon detained.
“Those instruments we recovered were stolen,” Skaggs said, adding that additional stolen paperwork was found.
The suspicious person had more musical instruments and documents deputies believe were stolen from a church on Bonnie Cove Avenue and Cypress Street in Covina.
Deputies went to search the church for signs of a burglary when a male and female suspect fled the building and towards Charter Oak High School, Skaggs said.
“One of them ran up to a fence and was detained outside the fence by deputies. A male suspect jumped the fence and double-back eastbound into the original ... location and that’s where deputies detained him,” Skaggs said.
Charter Oak High School was briefly placed on lockdown during the search.
Covina Police are working in tandem with deputies on the investigation.
The suspect found in the driveway was arrested on suspicion of burglary by San Dimas deputies. The two suspects who fled the church were arrested by Covina Police, Skaggs said.
Booking information was not yet available.